Friday, June 08, 2007
Confronting Bambi
It is easy to feel safe and secure when you are sitting inside the perimeter of the G8 summit. Germany is mounting the largest police operation since World War II to keep the protestors out and the G8 leaders secure. We also are surrounded by large metal barriers that cost almost $15 million to put up.

Yes sir, My colleagues, European Political Editor Robin Oakley, Cameraman Rodney Herbert and I consider ourselves very secure in the White House Pool filing location. We are NOT out there in the middle of the frontlines between demonstrators and policemen like our Berlin correspondent Frederik Pleitgen and his team.

Yup, we are totally safe and sound in here, or so we thought. But last night all three of us almost got taken out in one fell swoop.

As we were leaving our workspace, Robin and Rodney were walking ahead of me,
when all of a sudden a deer bolted out of the trees and tried to run around them, but slipping on the footpath ended up just barely missing them and running into the fence beside them. It stopped near me, looking scared, and tried to figure out where it could safely go.

It was young and beautiful, but big. Not quite fully grown it was probably five feet tall, but it weighed a lot more than me. The deer and I were not quite sure what we should do so we stared at each other for a bit until I said "Hello Bambi." At which point it turned around and fled.

It turns out that in trying to secure the G8 leaders and the media by surrounding them in tall metal fencing, they had enclosed a deer into the space and it is scared.

We are going to keep an eye out for him. And we are going to look for a bucket to put some water out for it to drink. When we first saw the deer we were concerned about our security, but now we are only concerned about the deer's safety. Hopefully the barriers put up to keep the leaders secure, don't further injure this deer.

-- From Todd Baxter, Chief Cameraman/Video Producer
If you do put out water for it, do it in a very quiet area where there are not many people and set it out before evening. When things quiet down at night and before dawn are the prime times when it will be out looking around trying to figure out a way out.
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